SAN FRANCISCO -- The weekend is just around the corner. Looking for something fun to do? We've partnered with the team at Hoodline - the hyperlocal neighborhood website, to help you plan your weekend.
From Pride in San Francisco, to puppies on the beach and rare music in Japantown, there is a wide variety of activities happening in the Bay Area.
Learn how to play a shamisen.
First, as part of Japan Week, you can learn to play a traditional Japanese instrument for free from a master artist.
Tatsu Aoki grew up in a Tokyo geisha house as the son of a geisha. He says the artistry is in his blood; he comes from a long line of geishas, dating back to the 17th century. "As far as I can remember, the shamisen and taiko music stayed with me, ever since I was born," Aoki said.
Speaking about the misperceptions surrounding geishas, he said: "There are a lot of love affairs between the customers and the geishas...but it is a presentation of traditional culture, then you fall in love with the girls. It's very difficult not to when you have a beautiful lady dancing and singing."
He's been playing the shamisen for more than 50 years, and now he wants to share this music with San Francisco. The event is put on by GenRyu Arts and is part of a long program of events.
A free shamisen lesson will be held at 1675 Post Street from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Click here to RSVP to reserve an instrument.
Click here to see the event online.
Nor Cal Corgi Con 2016
It's also Nor Cal Corgi Con 2016 summer event. More than 600 corgis are expected to wag and waddle their way across Ocean Beach. The event attracts corgis and their humans from all over. It's the first of two events this year, and the group plans to donate to Queen's Best Stumpy Dog Rescue and Corgi Aid.
The summer event is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Ocean Beach near Stairwell 21.
Click here to find out more about the event.
21st Annual Pink Triangle
Volunteers are needed to help create a visible and iconic symbol in San Francisco. The Pink Triangle of Twin Peaks aims to knock down hate and intolerance. Volunteers are needed to help set it up on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and then take it down Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The organizers note volunteers are not needed for the entire time. Coffee, pastries and a Pink Triangle shirt will be provided.
You're asked to bring a hammer and gloves, to wear closed-toed shoes, long pants and sunscreen.
Click here to find out more information.
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